Just a Quick Note...

I don't know how many of you are still coming to this blog. I know that I have been inconsistent in my posts and don't blame anyone for not bothering to come back.

I have been making posts to my Instagram account. You can either follow me by getting an Instagram account and following me at ewhimages. Or, you can see what I have been posting by using your browser to access the internet at www.instagram.com/ewhimages.

Either way, I hope you enjoy what I am posting. If you like an image please let me know by posting a like. Also, you can leave comments from your Instagram account. If you need any help getting started, drop me an email at everettheller@mac.com and I will do what I can to help you get started.

Until next time...

November Evening on Sunset Beach

This image was made almost four years ago from Sunset Beach in Cape May, NJ. The actual sunset was fairly unspectacular. I decided to hang around for a while to see what developed. As the sun sank lower below the horizon it produced a light show in the clouds that was quite spectacular. The addition of the couple on the rocks in the foreground and the piece of wreck transecting the horizon gives a sense of drama to the scene. The horizon line, in this case, nearly bisects the mid-point of the total frame, but it works here.

I know it seems peculiar to visit a summer vacation spot in November. However, it does give one a new perspective regarding the natural and urban landscape without having to contend with vacationing crowds. Also, being the off-season, makes the rates very affordable.

Until next time...

November on Sunset Beach - Cape May

Same Software - Different Subject

Still evaluating the Topaz Labs Impression plug-in, I post-processed this architectural photograph. The image was initially processed using Lightroom, as was the previous image. In this case, however, I added a texture first and then added the effect that I wanted from Impression. The image was then taken back into Lightroom for some dodging and burning.

This image is called, "First Light - Stone Church." It was taken just as the rising sun first illuminated the building and the background trees.

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First Light - Stone Church

Decisions, Decisions...

I am presently evaluating a new software plug-in from Topaz Labs called Topaz Impression. After playing with a trial copy this morning I made this image. My workflow was to process the original photo in Lightroom, apply a watercolor effect in Topaz Impression, and finally to add some textures using Perfect Photo 9 from OnOne Software.

I saw another image from Tony Sweet earlier today, but he added the textures first and then modified that result in Impression. Guess there's more than one way to skin a cat. It all depends on the final look you are trying to achieve.

I have a 30% off coupon for Impression which expires today. Do I buy it or not? Decisions, decisions...

Until next time...

A Red Orchid Pair in Nashua

A Photo I Did Not Make

I did not take this photo of my mother and I don't know who did. I do know she was not married at the time (no wedding or engagement rings), It was most likely not taken by a member of her family. My father was an avid photographer and he may have been the image maker, but I am not sure.

My mother gave the negative for this image to one of my brothers-in-law and I acquired it from him. I scanned the negative into my computer using my Epson V500, and after a number of failed attempts, was successful. I used as many of the clean options as I could (ICE, etc.)

The image was next cleaned of dust spots and scratches. The ground was littered with fallen leaves and some food and water dishes (probably for the outdoor pets around the farm.) These were likewise eliminated. Mom's face is slightly out of focus and I managed to do some correction there, but you can only do so much. Next I brightened my mother in the photo using a couple of techniques and finally cropped the image to eliminate the black border that surrounded the negative.

This image has been printed on Canson Baryta paper and the final result is quite stunning. I am glad to have it and I hope both my sisters feel the same.

Until next time...

Mom - Unmarried - Photographer Unknown

Spring Time in Eaton

Visiting the same venue during the different seasons of the year can be very rewarding. This image of a familiar scene was made during the Spring of 2014. Regular followers of this blog can view other seasonal shots of the church and house as taken from across the pond from the Eaton Town Beach.

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Eaton Church from Eaton Beach - Spring Time

WAM - Fourth Floor Visit

Whenever I visit the Worcester Art Museum, I usually spend time in the Knights exhibition. However, I also like to tarry in some other part of the museum. I have recently been going to the Pre-Columbian collection on the 4th floor of the facility.

Like many museums, flash photography is out of the question. Therefore the ability to build some drama into the object must be done with the available light. This can be done if you take the time to study the situation and pick the proper viewing angle (please notice the 3 levels of shadows to the left of the figure.) In addition, converting the image to chromatic greyscale and adding a small amount of dodging and burning completed the goal of adding drama.

This image was made using a 60mm (90) macro lens on a cropped sensor camera.

Until next time...

Pre-Columbian Canine Head